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[men-tal-i-tee] /mɛnˈtæl ɪ ti/
noun, plural mentalities.
mental capacity or endowment:
a person of average mentality.
the set of one's mind; view; outlook:
a liberal mentality.
Origin of mentality
1685-95; mental1 + -ity
Related forms
supermentality, noun Unabridged
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  • Coaching is about getting the throwers into a pitching mentality.
  • As the bull mentality sets in, investors become overconfident and valuations are driven up to stratospheric levels.
  • It's only when the insects are forced to crowd together that they take on a swarm mentality.
  • The consumer mentality of students results in their desiring less rigorous instruction because they are paying more for it.
  • But as the throwaway mentality proliferates, the burden on the environment becomes exponential.
  • The crowd mentality is heavier within a social-media community, which makes it easier for viral marketing to do its job.
  • Nowhere has that bunker mentality been more obvious than in the rapid proliferation of gated communities.
  • Someone who doesn't boil everything down to absolutes, false dichotomies, and an us-vs-them mentality.
  • Academic success does not come from a socialist mentality.
  • But he's proven his methods and techniques, based on canine psychology, pack mentality work for him.
British Dictionary definitions for mentality


noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of mental or intellectual ability
a way of thinking; mental inclination or character: his weird mentality
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Word Origin and History for mentality

1690s, from mental (adj.) + -ity.

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mentality in Medicine

mentality men·tal·i·ty (měn-tāl'ĭ-tē)
The sum of a person's intellectual capabilities or endowment.

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